Thousands flock to North Devon to attend debut festival.

AN estimated 15,000 people flocked to the Somersault Festival at Filleigh over the weekend.

The debut festival, which organisers have confirmed sold out in its first year, was blessed with plenty of sunshine during the three days, as predicted thunder storms gave North Devon a miss.

Only a brief downpour on Saturday afternoon prompted prepared festival-goers to reach for their wellies.

A vast festival area nestled between the picturesque valleys of Lady Arran’s Castle Hill estate offered a real feast of fun for all ages – as well as a top billing of live music.

Hawaiian singer-song-writer Jack Johnson headlined on Saturday night.

But before taking to the stage, the acoustic folk rocker soaked up the family-friendly atmosphere himself – and even braved the Gorilla Flying Circus trapeze, one of the many sideshows on offer.

The previous day, Jack – who was understood to be surfing at Watergate Bay in Newquay at the time – told the audience he’d received lifeguard treatment after stepping on a weaver fish.

On Friday night, English rock band Spiritualized headlined the main stage, while last night (Sunday), it was the turn of Devon-based singer-songwriter Ben Howard.

Before Ben took to the stage, Canadian Indie Rockers Half Moon Run got the crowds going with an eclectic mix of their songs.

Band member Connor Molander told the Gazette: “North Devon looks really beautiful and everyone’s been pleasant so far.

“We’re all big lovers of the ocean and I hope to get out and surf while we’re here.”

Other attractions on offer during the three-day festival included Longtable feasts from Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall; yoga sessions; vintage tea parties; surfing lessons at Croyde; theatre performances; and late night forest parties lit by a giant disco ball in a hidden glade.

Headline act Jack Johnson takes time out before hitting the main stage. Pic by Aron KleinHeadline act Jack Johnson takes time out before hitting the main stage. Pic by Aron Klein

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